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Jury selection to take weeks in Greene County capital murder trial

Published: Tuesday, September 04, 2018 @ 6:45 AM

Dustin Merrick in Court Greene County Double Homicide

The capital murder trial for one of two brothers accused in the 2017 double murder of William “Skip” Brown and Sherri Mendenhall started this morning at the Greene County Common Pleas Court.

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Jury selection is underway, and the process is expected to last approximately two weeks because it is a capital murder case, according to Dennis McManes, logistics coordinator for Judge Michael Buckwalter’s courtroom. 

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Merrick, 27, is charged with murder and aggravated murder, along with his brother, Bret Merrick, 25, in the Jan. 15, 2017, shooting deaths of Yellow Springs neighbors Brown and Mendenhall.

Brown and Mendenhall were neighbors of the Merrick brothers in a duplex near Yellow Springs.

The brothers could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Bret Merrick’s trial is scheduled to start in October.

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